Here at Northies, ANZAC Day is an honoured day of remembrance, tradition and respect for the bravery and sacrifice of past and present Australian military personnel.
Every year, many traditions are upheld and worn proudly by both staff and patrons as signs of respect and gratitude.
This week on The North Swell, we thought we'd share a little insight into the history and meaning of some of the well-known traditions of ANZAC Day...
Rosemary is traditionally worn on lapels on ANZAC Day as a symbol of remembrance. This aromatic herb is believed to have properties to improve the memory and is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.
Although traditionally worn on Remembrance Day, poppies are seen on wreathes and rolls of honour as a sign of remembrance. Red poppies were said to be the first flora to regrow on the destroyed battlefields of France and Belgium after World War I.
The Last Post
The Last Post, traditionally played on the bugle, was played during the war to signify the end of the days' duties. The Last Post is now played to signifies the duty of the dead is over and may they rest in peace.
A Minutes Silence
One minute of silence is observed after the Last Post. It is a minute to remember, show respect and gratitude to those who have served.
A favourite tradition on ANZAC Day is playing two-up.
It's the only day of the year this Australian gambling game can be played legally outside of a licensed gambling venue. It dates back to the 1850's and was played extensively during World War I by Australian soldiers.
A 'Spinner', chosen from the crowd, throws two coins or pennies into the air and players gamble on how they'll fall. Two heads up means the Spinner wins, two tails means the Spinner loses, one of each and the Spinner throws again.
This year we will be celebrating with 2-Up running from 12pm right here at Northies!